Tea lovers in South America have known for centuries about yerba mate benefits and the satisfying taste of this wonderful herbal tea. Now, word has spread about yerba mate, and people around the world are growing to love and appreciate this healthy brew.
Traditionally, yerba mate has been valued especially for its ability to lessen fatigue, boost energy, and increase mental clarity and focus. But yerba mate benefits go far beyond increasing energy and mental stimulation... This herbal tea is an antioxidant powerhouse (even more so than green tea), encourages good digestion, supports bone and heart health, promotes a healthy weight, and so much more.
Here are some of the ways yerba mate can support and nurture good health and wellness.
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If you enjoy herbal teas, you'll be hard pressed to find a more beneficial herbal tea than yerba mate. In fact, after researching the properties of yerba mate in the 1960s, the Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific Society stated that no other plant in the world had equal nutritional value to yerba mate, and claimed that mate contains basically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.
Ready to give yerba mate a try? You'll find some tips and recipes here for making yerba mate (hot, iced, and even a delicious yerba mate latte).
And, before you make some yerba mate tea, be sure to drop by our Yerba Mate Side Effects page to read up on some safe-use tips and precautions associated with yerba mate.
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